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Salvation Q&A

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As a human, you were created by three non-human Beings, who we refer to as Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  These are not three personalities of a single Entity.  Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct Divine Beings.  They are actively involved in your life today, and when you die, They will control whether your experience of the next life is nice or awful.  Since these three Gods control the quality of your existence, it’s in your best interest to stay on Their good side.  So how do you do this?  Christians would say that you need to obtain eternal salvation.  But what exactly is eternal salvation?  It’s a very simple concept which Christians have turned into a royal mess.  The purpose of this post is to clear up some of the confusion. Read more of this post

Understanding Salvation: Who God Accepts

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Salvation has never been acquired through atonement.  Instead, being accepted by our Gods has always been a matter of soul attitude.  Both Yahweh and Jesus teach this, and it’s quite easy to biblically demonstrate how we inherited our current obsession with atonement from misguided New Testament Jewish teachers (see Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God).  In the Church today, it’s all about atonement.  We sing countless songs about how we’re “covered by the Blood” and we glorify Christ as the Lamb who atoned for the sins of the world.  Well, glorifying Christ is certainly fabulous—as is glorifying Yahweh and the magnificent Holy Spirit.  We certainly want to be loving, praising, and adoring our three glorious Creators, however problems arise when we talk as if the atoning Blood of Christ is the thing that saves us.  It most certainly is not.  Read more of this post

Salvation Concerns: Why does God block some souls from coming to Him?

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According to Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, one of the most important elements in your relationship with Them is the element of choice.  Your Gods give you choices in life.  They are always limited choices.  You never get to choose between an infinite set of possibilities.  Instead, you can only ever choose between a range of options that your Gods give you.  Your life is a mix of elements that you have the option of changing and elements that you are stuck with.  For example, you can change your hairdo, but you can’t change the fact that you need oxygen to live.  You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your biological family members.  Read more of this post

Understanding Divine Election: Jacob I Loved, Esau I Hated (Malachi 1 & Romans 9)

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MALACHI 1

The prophetic book of Malachi begins with this disturbing passage in which Yahweh is speaking to Jews living in the land of Judah:

“I have always loved you,” says Yahweh.

But you retort, “Really? How have You loved us?”

And Yahweh replies, “This is how I showed My love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob, but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau’s inheritance into a desert for jackals.”

Esau’s descendants in Edom may say, “We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins.”

But the Sovereign Yahweh replies, “They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as ‘The Land of Wickedness,’ and their people will be called ‘The People with Whom Yahweh Is Forever Angry.’ When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, ‘Truly, Yahweh’s greatness reaches far beyond Israel’s borders!’” (Mal. 1:2-5)

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Understanding Unpardonable Sins: Lies vs. Truth

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THE LIES

It is commonly assumed that there are certain kinds of sins which God absolutely will not forgive no matter what. The idea is that if you commit one of these sins one time, you’re eternally damned. Different Christian denominations and individuals put forth various candidates for the “unforgivable list.” Popular choices which are based on various passages of Scripture are publicly disowning Christ (Lk. 12:8-10), refusing to forgive someone else (Mt. 6:14-15), blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Mt. 12:30-32, Mk. 3:28-30, Lk. 12:8-10), and intentionally sinning after salvation (Heb. 6:4-8, Heb. 10:26-29). Read more of this post

Salvation: How do you know when you’ve met God’s requirements?

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In your relationship with God, He always initiates. This means that you never start a conversation with God—you only ever continue a conversation that He’s already started with you. What Christians call “seeking more of God” is really just souls choosing to respond positively to God trying to get their attention.

God is like a man who is standing behind you tapping you on the shoulder. When you feel the tap, you choose to either turn around and engage, or you ignore the sensation and go on with what you were doing. Because they do not acknowledge how much God is involved in their lives, and because they are always trying to lead Him, Christians often take the glory for furthering their walks with God when really He is the One who deserves the credit for making the relationship possible. You see, you didn’t even know there was a God until the Holy Spirit started tapping your soul. And once you know there’s a God, you still have no idea what He wants from you. The Holy Spirit has to supply that information as well, and you can’t rush His timetable. God reveals Himself to you according to His schedule, not yours. And before He starts tapping you, you don’t even bother looking for Him. Read more of this post

Are some people hurting too much to find God?

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Look around this world and you’ll discover that some souls are living out some truly hellish lives.  What are we to make of this?  Does God really expect souls to search for Him in the midst of horrific suffering that never lets up?  Is He really going to chuck them into Hell when they die because they were worshiping the wrong gods or no gods at all?  Is God really loving towards all of us or is He a sadistic Monster to some of us?  Does God consider some of us to be expendable objects which He just uses to bring about the well-being of others?  If God doesn’t need us, then how do we know He isn’t totally indifferent towards us?  These are the questions we’ll answer in this post. Read more of this post

The Trinity Doctrine: Is it an obstacle to salvation?

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Under the Old Covenant, salvation was obtained through sufficient submission to one God: Yahweh. Under the Old Covenant, if you worshiped any god other than Yahweh, you would be rejected by Him. Before the revelation of Christ, Yahweh demanded that His followers practice monotheism (the belief in only one God). Read more of this post

Understanding Salvation: Getting the Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit (aka the Holy Ghost) is God Almighty, not some random force of energy. Like Yahweh and Jesus, the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, which means He is everywhere at once. So if we want to be technically correct, no one is ever without the Holy Spirit. Both the saved and the unsaved are continuously benefiting from the Holy Spirit’s protection.

Simply put, salvation is a matter of submission. We must submit to our three Creators as the Supreme Authorities that They are. We can’t just submit to One while ignoring the other Two. Followers of Judaism claim to be obeying Yahweh as God while they reject the Divinity of Christ. Well, it was Yahweh who ordered us all to revere Jesus as a second God. As long as you’re blowing off Yahweh’s command and acting like His entire New Covenant is irrelevant, you are hardly obeying Him. Once the real Gods educate you on who They are and what They want, you will be judged by how your soul responds to Them. Read more of this post

Understanding Jesus: Many Will Try To Enter But Won’t Be Able (Luke 13)

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In Luke 13:22-30, we find Jesus traveling from city to city with His faithful few. We often picture Jesus surrounded by huge mobs of eager listeners, but this was not the norm. While thousands showed up on several occasions to watch a show of miracles, the longer Jesus spoke, the more people He offended, and the less followers He had. At this point in Luke, the numbers are looking pretty sad. So sad that a typical Christian church today would probably call for a strategy meeting and talk about how they could cut down on truth and add in more entertaining media snippets so that people who hate God would be able to sit through an hour long service without feeling offended. Today we’d probably call our pastor in for a condescending lecture on how he needs to stop listening to the Holy Spirit and just start regurgitating whatever slop the big boys are handing out in their mega churches. Today, we panic over low numbers and we simply refuse to accept that most of the people in the world hate God. Yet this is what God says, and it’s quite obvious that if most people aren’t interested in God, then we shouldn’t expect to find thousands of souls who are seeking Him conveniently clustered together in one small geographical region.  But still we continue to chase the dream of the mega church, convinced that it is possible. What idiots we become when we stop listening to the Holy Spirit. But here in Luke 13, we find one of Jesus’ followers piping up with a question that we never ask today. Read more of this post